For some time, investors who wanted to put their money where their morals were have chosen socially responsible investing -- steering their cash away from firms whose practices they disapproved of. Now comes impact investing, which uses invested funds to solve social or environmental goals and earn competitive returns, too.
Microloans have taken off in Peru, where informal employment is high and access to credit is low.
Now, the nation ranks No. 1 in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey of world's best business environments for microlending. In fact, five of the top 10 countries are in Latin America.